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3.0 out of 5 stars Promising. But, Not Ready For Prime Time., March 22, 2012
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This review is from: Bangarang (Audio CD)
I listen to a lot of electronic music and like to try things by new acts. That's how I discovered Matthew Dear and deadmau5 and I've very much enjoyed their music. In reading some material, I noticed Joel Zimmerman's name (aka, deadmau6) mentioned along with Skrillex so I had to try his music. I bought "Scary Monsters and Nice Spirits." I had mixed feelings about the CD. He showed promise as a composer, but the recording was just a hodge-podge. Well, I liked it enough that I bought his latest CD "Bangarang." My feelings are much the same. Here and there Skrillex shows real promise. Then comes a mixture of awful sounds that just ruins the composition. What a disappointment. This guy could write some genuinely beautiful music, if someone would just take all his strange electronic gadgets away from him. Just because he can produce a plethora of weird sounds doesn't mean that he has to.

Alas, Skrillex has caught major attention very early in his career and this is both good and bad. One, I'm happy for his success. But two, much attention brings much pressure to produce and I don't think he's ready. He needs to be cloistered away somewhere and work on a really refined CD masterpiece, such as several produced by dreadmau5 ("Random Album Title" and "For Lack of a Better Name" come to mind). I think he's wasting his creative energies on these little EP quickies.They're partly good, however. Just look at the enthusiastic responses in the reviews. What could he do with a masterpiece CD?

Gary Peterson
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